Matthew Rolston is an American artist who works in photography and video; his practice centers on portraiture, most notably subjects drawn from celebrity culture. Rolston, who lives and works in Los Angeles, California, studied at Chouinard Art Institute, Otis College of Art & Design, and Art Center College of Design, all in Los Angeles. While still a student at Art Center, Rolston was discovered by Andy Warhol, who immediately commissioned portraits for »Interview« magazine.
Robert Sobieszek, the legendary former Curator of Photography for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), compared Rolston’s work to the »four mega-greats of the ’50s and ’60s: Avedon, Hiro, Penn and Skrebneski… I think Rolston is one of the foremost editorial, glamour/fashion photographers working today,” he said, “giving us immensely sophisticated, exciting, glamorous shots and portraits that surround us daily.«
Rolston’s photographs have been exhibited at museums and institutions. Selected group shows include »Beauty CULTure« (with Lauren Greenfield, Herb Ritts, Andres Serrano, and Carrie Mae Weems, 2011), The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, California; »The Warhol Look: Glamour, Glamour, Style, Fashion (curated by Mark Francis and Margery King, 1997), The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and »Fashion and Surrealism«, FIT Gallery, New York (1987), which traveled to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK (1988). His photographs are in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
Three monographs have been published of Rolston’s work: »Big Pictures: A Book of Photographs« (1991), a collection of early photographs published by Bulfinch Press, New York; »beautyLIGHT: Pictures at a Magazine«(2008), a survey drawn from twenty years of Rolston’s celebrity portrait photographs published by teNeues, Kempen; and »Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits« (2012), published by Pointed Leaf Press, New York, and »Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles«, published by teNeues, Kempen.
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